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The Seattle eat-list for this weekend - thoughts?

Hey Seattle Chow-kids, I'm visiting this weekend and wanted to see if any of you had any thoughts on my eat-list. Will be in town from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. I know it gets mixed reviews, but Elemental's pretty much the only place that we want to get for sure (had an awesome time last year). But other than that - let me know if you think I should drop something or I'm missing something that I should really really taste. Have car, except on Sunday. Staying downtown at the W. (x-posted to eG)

Dinner: Elemental (back up is Saturday dinner)

Early: Macrina Bakery & Cafe (worth waking up for?)
Morning: Pike Place Market
Afternoon: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes
Dinner: Sitka & Spruce? Joule?
Later Eating/Drinking: Zig Zag

Brunch: Rovers or Lola? (sleep in instead?)
Afternoon: Pagliacci Pizza (worth the trip out?)
Early Happy Hour: Poppy
Later Eating/Drinking: Quinn's

Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery

* Malay Satay Hut - any good? The family is Malay, so...
* How To Cook A Wolf - read some decent things, liked the name.
* Tsukushinbo - Thought it might be a good hit for Sunday lunch
* Boom Noodle - My sister's suggestion. I'm not sure if this is worth going?
* Elliott's Oyster House - Any good? Tourist trap?
* Paseo Carribean - Highly rated. Overrated?

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  1. Rover's is not open for brunch anymore. Instead of Pagliacci go to Delancy's in Ballard.

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    1. re: bobert1006

      Thanks for the update on Rover's! Can cross that off the option list. Delancy's looks good and out in the direction of La Carta De Oaxaca / Paseo / Ballard market... hmnn.. thanks for the counter-suggestion!

    2. The restaurants that you are asking about like Elliott's and Paseo and How to Cook a Wolf are talked about so much on this board? Did you read any other threads at all?

      It is fine to ask questions - I do it all the time ... but I actually try to do some research first.

      People on here will tell you to go to Elliott's for Happy Hour where oysters start at .50ea and go up every half hour. They also have other things to eat at H.H. - I loved the fish tacos.

      Paseo gets lots of raves on here. The sandwich of choice seems to be the Cuban Roast (which used to be called the Midnight Cuban) - I should tell you though, it really isn't a "restaurant" It has very limited seating. (I guess it would be better for lunch)

      The Mrkt is a dining Mecca! Three Girls, Pike Place Chowder, Uli's, Market Grill, Matt's ... ALL GOOD!

      Go to Gelatiamo for the BEST Gelato EVER.

      Quinn's on Capital Hill is a favorite on here ...

      Lots of options.

      There have been some really great "where to eat" threads floating around the past few days. Just take a look.

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      1. re: boisenewbie

        LOL, if only you knew how much research I do on where to eat and when and what's around. Google maps and gCal are my right-hand when I travel, listing locations in close proximity to each other, as well as scheduling according to opening/close times to maximize my eats!

        Gelatiamo is a new suggestion to me - I was mostly looking at food, but if it's that good and so ridiculously close to the hotel, I can't imagine we wouldn't hit it up during our wanderings. Thank you.

        Elliott's does seem like the oyster place to go - maybe a drop-by for a snack. I'm running out of meal-slots.

        1. re: jlunar

          It IS that good! You will probably end up going every day LOL!

          By the way, I didn't mean to be rude before. I think it came out worse then I meant it to, and I apologize ... It is just that within the past few days there have been many similar threads to yours and it seems everyone is just repeating themselves over and over. (Plus I was in a mood last night) :-D

          You are going to have a great time! Seattle has REALLY GOOD food ... Can I make one more suggestion for you (not that you need it as I see you are trying to fit in so many places to eat already!) in Capital Hill there is a place called Coastal Kitchen that is often overlooked on this board. It is VERY (VERY) good!

          1. re: boisenewbie

            Thank you, gentleperson, Boisenewbie. We are all in this together, for the chow...

            1. re: boisenewbie

              We all get cranky sometimes :)

              Will note Coastal Kitchen - may have to pass this time around, given the crazy schedule, but if I can make it fit...

              1. re: jlunar

                forgot to mention Coastal Kitchen has Happy Hour at 9pm (not sure how long it lasts - at least an hour I'm sure) They have really good Rockfish Tacos on special ... Mmmm!! The late night HH may be a good way for you to try it ... but chances are you will just want to start planning your 2nd trip to Seattle. ;-) You will never be able to eat at all the places you want!!

                BUT DON'T MISS GELATIAMO! (So much better than ice cream!) I would buy stock in that place if I could!!

                1. re: boisenewbie

                  I respectfully disagree, Costal kitchen is alright but its hardly the best that seattle has to offer. It is part of a local chain thats restaurants are decent neighborhood restaurants not destinations.

                  1. re: dagrassroots

                    Well I disagree on your disagree! Ha!

                    Look, there is no way to be right. We can only share our opinions.

                    I have been to Palace Kitchen and Coastal Kitchen and I thought Coastal Kitchen was an exceptionally good restaurant. My food was outstanding and I love that they feature a menu based on a different country every few months (along with standards that stay on the menu) It is Cuban cuisine right now and I know that will be GOOD!

                    I can't be the only one who shares that opinion!

                    1. re: boisenewbie

                      I think you can ;)

                      IMO, Coastal Kitchen used to be good. But, in the past 4 or 5 years, has gone really down hill. I believe the quality of the products they use has changed. The service has always been notoriously bad but the food has gotten so much worse.

                      1. re: Lauren

                        "I think you can ;)"

                        Really, was that necessary. Thanks for making me feel like dirt when I was just trying to add suggestions like everyone else.

        2. Looks like you did plenty of research
          Here are my comments

          Dinner: Elemental (back up is Saturday dinner)- Get there early

          Early: Macrina Bakery & Cafe (worth waking up for?)- I actually like Dahlia Bakery Better.
          Morning: Pike Place Market- Mee Sum Pastry for humbow, Crumpet Shop for crumpets, Salumi and cheese from Delaurenti's
          Afternoon: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes- Molly moon is okay.
          Dinner: Sitka & Spruce? Joule?- Both are good but if you are going to zig zag after, palace kitchen or Union are closer and just as good.
          Later Eating/Drinking: Zig Zag-

          Brunch: Rovers or Lola? (sleep in instead?)- I would do lola
          Afternoon: Pagliacci Pizza (worth the trip out?)- Skip it and got to paseo's instead. Not overrated.
          Early Happy Hour: Poppy- I would highly recommend Poppy, where I recently had one of the more memorable meals in a long while. The sturgeon in the Thali was perfect and get the dessert thali which includes the best desserts in the city.
          Later Eating/Drinking: Quinn's- Quinn's is excellent. Also nearby for good drinks and snacks is Tavern Law.

          Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery- Didn't see this, see note above.

          * Malay Satay Hut - any good? The family is Malay, so...- I really like Malay Satay Hut. The ginger crab is great and they have good roti and Kang Kung with Belachan.
          * How To Cook A Wolf - read some decent things, liked the name.- Never Been
          * Tsukushinbo - Thought it might be a good hit for Sunday lunch- Never Been
          * Boom Noodle - My sister's suggestion. I'm not sure if this is worth going?- Not worth it.
          * Elliott's Oyster House - Any good? Tourist trap?- If you want oysters go here.
          * Paseo Carribean - Highly rated. Overrated?- See note above.

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          1. re: dagrassroots

            Just a logistical note: Paseo is only open Tuesday-Saturday, so lunch on Sunday won't be possible.

            Jlunar, sounds like you've done your homework, and you're getting some great advice from the other posters here, so I don't have anything substantive to add. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

            1. re: creepygirl

              Thanks for the note on Paseo Creepygirl!

            2. re: dagrassroots

              For Elemental - I'd planned to be there by 4:30 latest. I remember that I was late last time and almost had a heart-attack. Snagged the last three seats, and at the bar to boot, (best seats in the house IMO!). Do you think that's a "safe" amount of time (on a nice day)? I don't mind waiting - have DS, will kill time.

              I'm looking forward to Poppy. Looks really interesting and I'm hoping I'm not cheating myself if I only have happy hour there.. I suppose I could stay though. Quinn's is open to 1am I believe... Just that the stomach can hold only so much!

            3. Here's my two cents on your choices:

              Dinner: Elemental - you can't go wrong here. it's excellent.

              Early: Macrina Bakery & Cafe - I'd replace this with Cafe Besalu in Ballard. IMHO, the pastries are a huge step up from Macrina. At Besalu, I like the ginger biscuit, hazelnut twist, croissant, sakristan and the cardamom pretzel (actually a pastry shaped like a pretzel).

              Morning: Pike Place Market
              Afternoon: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes - I'd recommend Molly Moon's over Trophy b/c I've just never gotten excited about the cupcakes at Trophy. But the ice cream at MM's comes in some weird and unique flavors that are fun to try. They encourage tastes, so don't be shy to try several before making your choice.

              Dinner: Sitka & Spruce? Joule? - I recommend How to Cook a Wolf instead. It has a better atmosphere of the options, although all three offer wonderful food.

              Later Eating/Drinking: Zig Zag - good choice...it's a very cool cocktail bar.

              Brunch: Rovers or Lola? (sleep in instead?)

              Afternoon: Pagliacci Pizza (worth the trip out?) - go to Serious Pie for pizza instead. It's more unique and has a nice dine-in area whereas Pagliacci has no atmosphere and is very pedestrian food compared with Serious Pie. Get the clam pizza. Trust me on this one.

              Early Happy Hour: Poppy - yes!

              Later Eating/Drinking: Quinn's - absolutely!

              Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery - get either the homemade donuts or the homemade english muffin, filled with honeyed almond butter and banana.


              * Elliott's Oyster House - Any good? Tourist trap? It is touristy due to it's location, but I still go for their progressive oyster happy hour.

              * Paseo Carribean - Highly rated. Overrated? - not overrated...the Cuban Roast sandwich is divine.

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              1. re: frygirl

                Hmn. All these things in Ballard make me re-think my Sunday morning plans...! Thanks for the suggestion of Cafe Besalu - sounds like things I'd love, given I'm a fan of spiced cookies and pastries...!

                In general, I'm never excited over cupcakes, but Trophy and Molly are close. Unless it's a total pass? And it looks like I'm going to try and smash Elliott's in somewhere! Good price and excellent oysters are hard to pass up...

                1. re: jlunar

                  IMO Cupcake Royale in Ballard tops Trophy...

                2. re: frygirl

                  I second frygirl’s suggestion of substituting Café Besalu for Macrina. Don’t miss the croissants at Café Besalu – they are truly amazing and almost equal to the best you can get in Paris. I also agree with the suggestions to scrap Pagliacci Pizza. I’m not sure any of the pizza in Seattle is worth your limited time when you could instead have, for example, wonderful Basque pintxos at Txori or Harvest Vine, or good Vietnamese food at either Tamarind Tree or Huong Binh. Serious Pie has its advocates, but I’m not one of them. It’s “designer pizza,” not the traditional Neopolitan-style pizza that you get, for example, at Veraci, Via Tribulani, or Fondi. But this isn’t the place to get off on a discussion about pizza. Quinn’s is sort of fun but, although you can get some tasty gastropub fare there, I find the menu spotty. Again, the issue is whether, given very limited time, Quinn’s is better than other alternatives. If atmosphere is what you are looking for, Quinn’s is pretty cool. Finally, if you (like me) absolutely adore eating raw oysters, then Elliott’s Oyster House is a must. However, unless you are on a tight budget, I wouldn’t limit myself to the “oyster happy hour” specials, at least not right off the bat. The problem with the happy hour specials is that the restaurant picks one or two oysters for the happy hour and you are limited to those one or two selections. Instead, I suggest that you sit at the oyster bar and ask the oysterman (Anthony is more knowledgeable than Jeff) to give you a selection of what he thinks are the best of the available selection. You will pay full price for these. If you know what type of oyster you like (e.g., salty and briny versus sweet and mild), you can specify this type. Otherwise, ask for a selection of different types and decide for yourself what type, and what particular oysters, you like the best. Make sure that the selection includes the happy hour specials. Then, if you like the happy hour specials well enough, save the money and go for them.

                  By the way, I was in your hometown of Toronto recently, and contributed quite a few Chowhound posts about my experiences there. I really enjoy Toronto.

                  1. re: Tom Armitage

                    I am probably going to miss Elliott's happy hour entirely - but will try and Tetris it in - probably after the market.

                    I'm sort of thinking we'll pass on pizza - wood burning oven is great, but we also have a place like that in Toronto as well (Libretto). Txori sounds interesting, also because I see less of this (done well) in Toronto. I enjoyed Harvest Vine when I went last year, so I think I will add Txori to my list as a snack-by.

                    Toronto is a pretty awesome place - I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! I see you got to try Splendido before they changed over. I've been a couple times since then and found the service to be above average and the food has come down in price. Execution is still top-notch, but less refined? Less frilly? Definitely not the high-gloss of the tasting menu (I didn't have the Best Of, but I had gone maybe the week before). I loved the asparagus too - definitely our stand-out dish of the evening. Definitely blogged about that one.

                    http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

                    1. re: jlunar

                      Thanks for the link to your blog. For the record, I had a better meal at Splendido than an earlier meal at The French Laundry. I also had a glorious expeience at Gallery Grill -- a big WOW on that place, and a tremendous value to boot. I didn't have time to get to Caplanski's. Next time, I hope.

                      1. re: Tom Armitage

                        Whoa, better than TFL! That's saying something. I really do like Splendido, even in it's new incarnation, so hopefully, you'll get to try that too! Caplanski's has also moved to a new location and I'm waiting for peeps to weigh in on that! I'll be sure to look out for your posts on the Toronto board.

                  2. re: frygirl

                    Regarding Café Besalu - and I don't know if anyone can answer - are the croissants as good as Tartine in San Fran?

                      1. re: mrnelso

                        ohhhhh... then it's totally worth a trip out, thank you!

                      2. re: jlunar

                        I think the croissants are better at Besalu but Tartine wins the pain au jambon (or whatever it's called) challenge.

                    1. FRIDAY
                      Dinner: Elemental (back up is Saturday dinner)- GOOD CHIOCE! I went there for my birthday and loved it...

                      Early: Macrina Bakery & Cafe (worth waking up for?)- I like the atmoshpere of the Belltown Macrina- If it is sunny you will love their patio- Good Seattle place... Good choice in relation to where you are staying!
                      Morning: Pike Place Market- Recommend Crumpet Shop, Bavarian Meats, Beecher's, Daily Dozen Donuts, the Swedish bakery next to the donuts, Mee Sum, Cinnamon Works, Pike Place Chowder, The Market Grill, etc etc
                      Afternoon: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes- Do both! They are blocks from each other- walk in between and see quaint Wallingford- ADD Paseo for afternoon lunch- it is closer to these two places then downtown- you can walk Fremont with your Paseo and sightsee for an hour or two
                      Dinner: Sitka & Spruce? Joule?- Like both- very different areas of the city- Joule is right by Molly and Trophy- Stitka would work better with your drinking plans- You could substitute How to Cook a Wolf here- it is kind of ( in a round about way on your way home from Wallingford/Fremont on the top of Queen Anne- also just a drive from downtown
                      Later Eating/Drinking: Zig Zag

                      Brunch: Rovers or Lola? (sleep in instead?)- Lola is one of my favorite breakfasts in downtown... yum!
                      Afternoon: Pagliacci Pizza (worth the trip out?)- it is OK- local chain of goodness- many other things could be substituted here- maybe Green Leaf or Tamarind Tree with a browsing of Uwajimaya afterwards? in the International District (ID)
                      Early Happy Hour: Poppy- Good Choice- if it is sunny pick the patio!
                      Later Eating/Drinking: Quinn's- Good Choice

                      Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery- Good Choice

                      * Malay Satay Hut - any good? The family is Malay, so... - never been
                      * How To Cook A Wolf - read some decent things, liked the name- this is one of my favorites! Queen Anne is a cute neighborhood...
                      * Tsukushinbo - Thought it might be a good hit for Sunday lunch- never heard of it
                      * Boom Noodle - My sister's suggestion. I'm not sure if this is worth going?- NOT WORTH IT
                      * Elliott's Oyster House - Any good? Tourist trap?- No- it Recommended...
                      * Paseo Carribean - Highly rated. Overrated? I really like the midnight cuban but the seared scallop sandwich is my favorite* I don't feel it is overrated- it is delicious if you are in the neighborhood

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                      1. re: natalie.warner

                        Thanks for the comments - helps to know if I'm on the right track or not. And that I can cross off things like Boom Noddle ... universally panned apparently.

                        How To Cook A Wolf also gets many votes - I'm hesitant only because it's another "no-res" kind of place and quasi-Italian. I love Italian, but unless it's really top-notch, there are many good Italian places back home (Toronto) and I'm not sure it's worth the line up and gamble. However, it still makes my "back-up" list, given the good rep it has.

                      2. You've gotten a lot of great advice on you list - my only thoughts are why Molly Moon and Trophy? I love a good cupcake - and Trophy makes a really good one. But the ice cream at Molly Moon is not good. There are much better places for ice cream in the city.

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                        1. re: Lauren

                          Mostly because they were around if we wanted to head into the area early to hang, but I'm all ears for better places - I can certainly drop these since they're just so-so (but close proximity) to a couple places I do want to hit (Joule, Elemental, Tilth - though I've dropped the latter from my final list).

                          1. re: Lauren

                            Trophy and Molly Moon's are unique and local Seattle dessert options. I have had my best ever cupcake at Trophy and I am not even a huge fan of the dessert. Molly Moon's makes good solid flavorful ice cream from great ingredients and adds some creativity. Both places are create their own personal vibe and angle and are worth a visit if in the area. Also, both have a fun atmosphere and are great for sitting for a second- with a treat- to smile and pause while out and about. If you were going on a dessert crawl, cupcake crawl, or ice cream crawl of Seattle they would always be on the list- "Best _____" is debatable- bu they still get my vote. I think they would make a visit to Seattle fun. FYI- Trophy created a cupcake just for an appearance on the Martha Stewart show that is only availible Sun and Monday.

                              1. re: dagrassroots

                                Good to hear - I mean to try as much as I can when I'm at Poppy!

                                1. re: jlunar

                                  I am surprised that no one has said this, but i think that Poppy for happy hour is missing the point. The place is based on a thali, which is a big platter of many small tastes. They do have a bar menu, which has tasty items, but I think the great stuff is on the thali platter. I have only been for dinner, so hard to say. Anyone else?

                                  And yes, dessert at Poppy is not to be missed.

                                  1. re: bluedog67

                                    I was worried about that - I love the many small tastes thing, so it may just turn into "Poppy for an early dinner" and "snacks at [insert location here]"

                                    1. re: bluedog67

                                      I agree. Also, interestingly, the happy hour menu (with its naanwiches and such) is more filling than the thalis. So if the goal is to eat light so that you can eat again later, then definitely eat a thali or a smali (the smaller version) and taste the abundant amount of flavors you get to try.

                                  2. re: dagrassroots

                                    The best Ice Cream in the city for my money is the Dahlia Bakery.

                                    Dahlia Bakery
                                    2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

                                  3. re: natalie.warner

                                    I respectfully disagree about Molly Moon's. I do not believe that they make flavorful ice cream. For a dessert crawl in Wallingford, try Fainting Goat Gelato, Trophy and Chocolati Cafe.

                                2. FRIDAY
                                  Dinner: Elemental (back up is Saturday dinner)--never been.

                                  Early: Macrina Bakery & Cafe (worth waking up for?)--as others said, other Seattle bakeries are better. I like Columbia City.
                                  Morning: Pike Place Market--sure.
                                  Afternoon: Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, Trophy Cupcakes--Sounds like you've been to SF, and if you tried Bi-Rite Creamery, it's better than Molly Moon, which isn't bad . Trophy rules.
                                  Dinner: Sitka & Spruce? Joule?--I like both, but found Joule more interesting. I'd take Lark over S&S.
                                  Later Eating/Drinking: Zig Zag--for sure.

                                  Brunch: Rovers or Lola? (sleep in instead?)--I thought Rover's quit brunch? I've heard great things about Lola but never been to brunch there.
                                  Afternoon: Pagliacci Pizza (worth the trip out?)--Not worthwhile. If you want pizza try Via Tribunali, Flying Squirrel or Veraci, or for something different, Serious Pie.
                                  Early Happy Hour: Poppy--Just had their dessert thali and was very impressed. Will return for dinner.
                                  Later Eating/Drinking: Quinn's--For sure.

                                  Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery--(see other recs re: bakeries)

                                  * Malay Satay Hut - any good? The family is Malay, so...---really good. It seems like they keep odd hours lately.
                                  * How To Cook A Wolf - read some decent things, liked the name.--Really like Union but never been to Wolf.
                                  * Tsukushinbo - Thought it might be a good hit for Sunday lunch--Don't think its open then, but could be wrong. Try Samurai Noodle for ramen, or a sushi place, if you want Japanese.
                                  * Boom Noodle - My sister's suggestion. I'm not sure if this is worth going?--I've head bad things, but never been.
                                  * Elliott's Oyster House - Any good? Tourist trap? Very good.
                                  * Paseo Carribean - Highly rated. Overrated?--Not overrated actually.

                                  1. Just wanted to thank everyone for their input. I think I've hashed out my list now. I've managed to include Cafe Besalu (croissants as good as Tartine!? I'm there...!), changed Poppy to a full dinner, added Gelatiamo, Txori, and Elilot's to the list.

                                    ...will report after the weekend... possibly after I've recovered from my food-coma. Of course, my eating continues into Vancouver afterward...!

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                                    1. re: jlunar

                                      Well, I've been waiting anxiously for your report. Where did you go? What did you think of the food?

                                      1. re: Tom Armitage

                                        Hey Tom! I've started to post about the Seattle portion. Though I didn't get to eat everywhere I had planned to - partially due to lazy and partially due to not enough room in stomach. Generally had a really good time eating in Seattle. Besalu was awesome, Elemental was great, really liked Txori and Poppy. Had a drink at Zig Zag, oysters at Elliott's, and tried Joule out. First three are up in detail, the rest are forthcoming!

                                        http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          I'm looking forward to your reports. I just read a review that thought the croissants at Cafe Besalu were "too buttery." What??? I also recently slurped down lots (and I mean LOTS) of fresh, briny Dabob Bay (Hood Canal) oysters at the Elliott's happy hour. Sounds like you checked out some good places. I wish I could have joined you for some of them, but I haven't been able to figure out a way to make a direct connection using Chowhound.com (no e-mail info, etc.). If you are interested, you can send me a message on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pr...).

                                    2. I have to throw my support behind a couple of your suggestions:

                                      For Saturday Breakfast, if you're looking for a bakery go to Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle. Best bakery in Seattle. Period. Great croissants, pastries, sandwiches, baguette. Way better than Dahlia, Macrina, or Cafe Besalu. Downside: It's in West Seattle, but while you're there, check out the newly opened Swinery.

                                      Whenever you find the time, go to Trophy Cupcakes. They rule. Trust me, I know cupcakes. As a note, check the website because they only offer certain flavors on certain days. The Smore and the Hummingbird are my two favorites, but you can't go wrong. Molly Moons I haven't been impressed with, but I have been impressed by Old Skool Frozen Custard in Capital Hill. Again, check their site as they rotate their flavors.

                                      I also love Zig Zag. Best place to order an classic cocktail and have it made right.

                                      If you're thinking about Pizza, I would recommend Via Tribunali over Serious Pie or Pagliacci. Seattle doesn't do pizza like the east coast though, so you won't find any new york style. Serious Pie is NW pizza, which is probably worth a try. Via Trib is authentic Neapolitan pizza that reminds me of my time in Italy.

                                      I've been routinely disappointed by Poppy, but it's worth a happy hour so you can make your own opinion.

                                      Quinn's is great, especially if you like bottle conditioned beers or scotch. It has decent food to boot. I fully support this choice.

                                      As far as the debate about Coastal Kitchen goes. I wouldn't bother. It's a decent neighborhood place, but it's not worthy of your limited spots. It does have a late night happy hour though that's worth a visit if you're in the area and looking for a fish taco and a beer.

                                      Anyway, just my 2 cents. Sounds like you have a really great lineup. Have fun!

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                                      1. re: BuffaloBandit

                                        For the record, I totally disagree about Bakery Nouveau being "way better" than Cafe Besalu. Bakery Nouveau is a great bakery, no doubt about that. But I've had their croissants many times, and they are simply no match -- not even close -- to the croissants at Cafe Besalu. If you want to decide for yourself and sample a Bakery Nouveau croissant without going all the way to West Seattle, you can get them at Metropolitan Market at the corner of 40th Ave. NE and NE 55th St..

                                        1. re: Tom Armitage

                                          I don't know if that's totally fair, eating croissants out of a bakery case where they were made versus eating them at a grocery store after a truck ride across town is not an equal throwdown for baked goods supremecy. I am extremely fond of Bakery Nouveau, and I haven't had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Besalu. I guess I am going to have to pay Besalu a visit and see for myself.
                                          How torturous.

                                      2. That's a pretty interesting and well thought out list list overall.

                                        For drinks I saw someone suggested Tavern Law. I went there last weekend and loved it. Make sure though you call in advance to make a reservation for the "upstairs bar." When you walk in you will see what looks like a vault door with a phone on the wall next to it. Pick it up and it will ring upstairs. Give them your reservation details and they will let you in. Upstairs is a cocktail oasis. They will ask about what you like in drinks and then make you something that will blow you away.

                                        A couple other related suggestions/comments.

                                        On Blanchard St. in Belltown is Spur Gastropub. More mod than Quinns but delicious small plates and cocktails. Tavern Law and Spur are co-owned. I have been there twice recently and had a great experience each time. It made Conde Nast's hot tables list for 2009.

                                        If you walk out the door of Spur, cross Blanchard and continue into the alley between first and second (don't be afraid) you will come to a door on the right. This is Bathtub Gin Co. ... another cocktail haven with a small bar upstairs (about 8 stools) and a few tables downstairs. The printed list is meager. However just give them a few parameters and they will make you something great. If you like tequila make sure you ask for the "hoof shot."

                                        If you get to Ballard I can highly recommend Bastille. Chef Shannon Galusha and sous chef Jason Stoneburner are from Veil and How to Cook a Wolf respectively and for the front of the house they brought in pro Peter Lewis (Campagne). It's unclear whether this was a temp gig. Their website lists James Lechner from Campagne as dining room manager and "wine nut" now. The place gets loud when busy (which is often) but has stunning finish and outside covered patio seating is available. The food is some of the most satisfying bistro fare I have had in a long while. I just ate at Church and State in LA and would give Bastille the edge.

                                        For breakfast Bakery Nouveau arguably has a wider variety of pastry and the 2005 cup du monde de la bolangerie won by William Leaman is behind the counter. However the croissants, pastries and quiche at Besalu are so amazing (quite arguably the best in the world based on my experience) and chef-owner James Miller was a James Beard semi finalist.

                                        I saw you were interested potentially in Pagliacci. We have always enjoyed their pizza for a nice takeout but I tend to prefer the certified napoletana joints (of which Seattle arguably has the most in the nation). Former Via Tribunali partner and pizzaiola Espedito "Dino" Santinicola is actually at Ristorante Picolinos in Ballard now. Sitting in their beautiful outside patio or at the outside pizza bar you can watch the master in action.

                                        1. Skip Molly Moon it is ok, but not outstanding and certainly not worth standing in line for. If you have transport, try Full Tilt ice cream (fulltilt.com) in White Center or Rainier, good ice cream, good waffle cones, and they also brew their own root beer. If you don't, Procopio gelateria on Western is good but it does have limited hours (closed Sunday).

                                          1. Have you thought about trying to go to The Corson Building Sat. Night rather that Sitka & Spruce? That is where Matt Janke is spending his time these days. It is like a very casual Herbfarm, with less courses, and not with the same wine focus. A very seasonal, fun time... you make your rez, sit with others at communal tables, and take what the Chef has decided to offer for the night.
                                            I know Matt a little (used to be BF of a friend of mine), and set up a Corp. lunch there - most of the food was pretty amazing - very seasonal- and he came out and told my diners who were the providers of the foodstuffs; what and why he had made what he made; it felt like the nicest lunch at a great cooks house party. It might be a way to make some friends in Seattle to dine with for future visits?